‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is more cheesy than transporting

( PG ) ( Monitor Movie Guide )

In the film, middle-school math whiz Meg Murry (Storm Reid) and her precocious younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) attempt to locate their vanished physicist father (Chris Pine).

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Oprah Winfrey is Mrs. Which and Storm Reid is Meg Murry in 'A Wrinkle In Time.'

Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved 1962 young adult science fiction novel “A Wrinkle in Time” has been made into a rather confounding Disney movie by director Ava DuVernay and screenwriters Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell.

Middle-school math whiz Meg Murry (Storm Reid) and her precocious younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) attempt to locate their vanished physicist father (Chris Pine) somewhere out in the universe and are visited by three otherworldly celestial guides: the bounteously bewigged Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), the crimson-tressed chatterbox Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), and the demure, quotation-spouting Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling).

What follows is a phantasmagoria that is more cheesy than transporting. Grade: C+ (Rated PG for thematic elements and peril.)

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